Depending on how long you’ve been following Smart Cookie, you might be asking yourself, “Wasn’t Smart Cookie’s first post on Thick & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies?” Allow me to clear up the confusion: Yes. Yes it was. This is the exact same recipe from my very first post.
So why is it making an encore appearance? There are two reasons. First of all, that was my first ever post on Smart Cookie. I had no followers, no fans, no little cookies. I believe this recipe did not get the exposure it deserves. And that brings us to my second reason for reposting it.
These chocolate chip cookies are what I consider to be perfect. Now, I know there are approximately 4.4 million chocolate chip recipes out there, at least 25 percent of which that claim to be “the best.” (Those are not legitimate statistics at all). I am also aware that everyone has a different ideal when it comes to chocolate chip cookies. Some people like them thin; others like them thick. Some people like them chewy; others like them crisp. Some enjoy deep, dark chocolate chips; some enjoy sweet milk chocolate. Therefore, I won’t pretend that these are the world’s idea of the best, most perfect cookies; those do not exist. There cannot be a perfect chocolate chip cookie when there is no universal definition of perfection. However, these cookies are my absolute favorite, everything I’ve ever wanted in a chocolate chipper, and I’m pretty positive you’ll feel the same. So far, everyone who tried them has agreed. So that’s something, right?
I have never had a cookie so delicious, and I’ve tried a lot of chocolate chip cookies. These are so thick and chewy that you may need to pinch yourself in order to believe they’re real. Too many times have I made homemade chocolate chippers that come out thin and flat. If those cookies are like the shallow end of a pool, then these cookies are like the deep end. They’re a mile-thick, and they mean business. Chewy and delicious business, that is.
When it comes to cookies, I like them soft and chewy. Crunchy/crispy cookies don’t do it for me. This is another reason why I find this recipe so sublime. The cookies bake up with that slightly crisp outer radius that gives way to an impossible chewy interior. The flavor of the cookie itself is delicious, good enough to eat even without the chocolate chips. But why would you ever do that?
My crowning touch to these perfect, chewy little treats is the addition of chocolate chunks. Allow me to elaborate: chunks = CHUNKTASTIC. They provide an unreal chocolate impact with each bite that chips alone just can’t give you. Moreover, I use milk chocolate instead of semi-sweet or dark. This is something you can change to suit your preference, but I LOVE milk chocolate. I never understood why, no matter what, recipes always use semi-sweet. Why does baking mean you can’t use milk chocolate? It doesn’t. You should use whatever chocolate you love most. I am a milk chocolate fanatic, and it makes these cookies all the more indulgent.
I know that you’ve probably tried about 200 chocolate chip recipes in your lifetime (another legitimate statistic), but I urge you to try just one more. I have found my chocolate chip cookie euphoria, and my life has changed forever as a result. If you like thick, chewy, chocolatey, indulgent cookies, then you will find true love in this recipe. There is nothing quite as magical as a perfect, delicious chocolate chip cookie (except perhaps the aroma produced by baking some).
A Few Tips Before You Get Cooking:
- I know the method for forming the cookie dough seems unorthodox, and possibly unnecessary, but you must not skip it. This method is partially responsible for the thick texture that results. I’ve seen people cut it out of the recipe before, and that’s just silly. It’s not like it requires tons of extra effort; it’s no different then rolling the dough into a ball. Trust the recipe, my little cookies.
- As mentioned above, you could use dark chocolate instead of milk, if you prefer. However, I don’t recommend semi-sweet. Semi-sweet chocolate is like fake chocolate in my book.
- This cookie recipe is a great base for add-ins. For example, my Double Chocolate Twix Cookies use this recipe plus chopped up Twix, and my White Chocolate-Macadamia Cookies use light instead of dark brown sugar, white chocolate instead of milk, and some additional macadamia nuts.
- Parchment paper is a cookie’s best friend. It makes cookie-removal perfect every time; you’ll never see a sad broken cookie again. There’s nothing quite as depressing as witnessing an unfortunate cookie’s inevitable split when half of it gets left behind on the tray.
- I am obsessed with warm cookie fresh from the oven. The problem is, that effect disappears as the cookies cool. What’s my simple solution? I love to pop cookies in the microwave for about 10 seconds so they get warm and gooey all over again. It’s like having them fresh from the oven every single time.
- The key to delectably chewy cookies is to not overbake! This is crucial for achieving the ideal texture. I’ve found pulling the cookies before I actually think they should be pulled to be most successful.
- Don’t be afraid to make ‘em big! The bigger the cookies, the thicker they get.
- Most people that complain these didn’t turn out thick did not chill the dough long enough.
Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Adapted from Baking Illustrated
Makes about 18 large cookies
- 2 cups + 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 12 tbsp. (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large eggs + 1 egg yolk
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 4.4-oz. milk or dark chocolate bar, chopped into chunks (equals about 1 cup of chunks)
- 1/2 cup additional milk, dark, or semi-sweet chocolate chips
1. Whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl; set aside.
2. Either by hand or with an electric mixer, mix the butter and sugars until thoroughly blended. Beat in the egg, yolk, and vanilla until combined. Add the dry ingredients while beating at low speed just until combined. Stir in the chips and chunks to taste. Chill the dough in the fridge for at least 2 hours before continuing. Do not skip the full chilling time or you will not have thick cookies.
3. Adjust the oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 325 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
4. Roll a 1/3 cup of the dough into a ball.
4a. Hold the dough ball with the fingertips of both hands and pull into 2 equal halves.
4b. Rotate the halves 45 degrees.
4c. With jagged surfaces facing up (as pictured above), join the halves together at their base, again forming a single ball, being careful not to smooth the dough’s uneven surface.
4d. Place the formed dough balls on the prepared baking sheets, jagged surface up, spacing them 2 1/2 inches apart. If you have time in between forming cookies while other cookies are baking, put the dough back in the fridge so it stays cool.
5. Bake until the cookies are just beginning to turn brown around the outer edges yet the centers are still soft and puffy, 12 to 15 minutes [checking after 10 min]. Do not overbake; this is crucial for chewy cookies! Remove from oven and cool the cookies on the sheet for one minute. Transfer the cookies from the baking sheets to a cooling rack with a spatula.
Behold: chocolate chip heaven!